An Allen-Webb Rematch in 2012? "Perhaps"

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Well, well, look who's thinking seriously about a comeback.
...Allen's been out and about quite a lot lately, prompting lots of gossip about his political plans. Turns out he might have some. Here's the money quote, which he offered when asked about a rematch:

"Many people have encouraged me to run," Allen said in a telephone interview. "Susan and I have heard that from many people. And the answer is: perhaps."

Allen said about 2006, "I don't like losing, you may have guessed." But he also said he has enjoyed his year[s] out of public life tremendously, traveling with his wife and spending more time with his children than ever before. A rematch against Webb is still a long way off, and he'll do much more thinking between now and then, he said.


...we tried to broach the subject of the controversy that contributed to Allen's defeat in '06. Is "Macaca" ancient history? Will Virginians care in 2012? Allen didn't have much to say about that, other than, "You learn more from losing than from winning."
Fascinating, I can't wait to hear what George Allen's "learned" since 2006. Like, maybe, don't go around using racist slurs if you're running for public office? Or, possibly, that you shouldn't take offense and lash out when a female reporter asks you about your Jewish heritage? Perhaps that it's not smart to vote 96% of the time with a hard-right-wing, incompetent, justifiably unpopular president? Finally, I would hope George Allen's learned by now that running around as a phony "cowboy" (sorry, no cowboys in Virginia) and claiming that Jim "True American Hero" Webb's writings on Vietnam are "pornographic" (they're not) does not count as campaigning on "positive, constructive ideas." Stay tuned.